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amsterdam 16 february

There was no let-up in discoveries in the last few days of fieldwork.

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'ah... c'est pas mal'


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these kids wanted me to take a picture of them, and then they took a picture of me

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Drawing sections prior to backfilling

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Under the TTK mango tree

We returned very happy to Cotonou, where meetings, balancing the books and packing boxes easily filled two days. Particular high points of this season have been the continued interdisciplinarity, the recovery of a fuller range of material culture from Birnin Lafiya, the execution of 5.5 test pits upriver from there, a fruitful collaboration with the Direction du Patrimoine Culturel, a much better knowledge of site distribution thanks to surveys, an improved integration with the village elders and Niger colleagues, and the fact that we now have 3 Masters and 2 doctoral theses planned to come directly or indirectly from the project.

Another major aspect of our work has been planning  the exhibition we’ll be holding next year.


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Hornimann exhibition piece secured (almost)

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Another exhibition-piece-to-be comes out of the ground

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Yet another, over Djimet's left shoulder

Having completed the third and largest field season, we’re beginning to think of ‘what next..?’

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For now, writing from Amsterdam airport with 390 kgs of pottery. Having been warned by the shipping agent about the unreliability of maritime schedules, we took all the finds for analysis with us. A particular thanks to airport staff in Cotonou who, from the Air France chef d’escale to the guy at X-rays, made the process of checking in 32 bags between the six of us more straightforward than you might expect.

 

 

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2 Responses to “amsterdam 16 february”


  1. 1 louis
    February 17, 2013 at 14:44

    Nicolas et louis, nous vous souhaitons nos meilleurs salutations depuis Abidjan (côte d’Ivoire), où nous sommes blocqué en transit pour une durée indeterminée. La vue de l’hotel est imprennable!
    A bientôt en Europe INCH’ALLAH!!!!!!


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This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of two projects led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

The first project, called Crossroads, brings together a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are hoping to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years and to understand how population movements and craft techniques shaped the area's past.

The second project, called Cowries, examines the money cowrie, a shell which served as currency, ritual object and ornament across the world for millennia, and in medieval times most especially in the Maldive Islands of the Indian Ocean and the Sahelian regions of West Africa. We hope to understand how this shell was sourced and used in those two areas.

These investigations are funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7) and by the Leverhulme Trust as a Research Project Grant. The opinions posted here are however Anne Haour's own!

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